parrot1We enjoyed Rockcat Games' Hook Champ [$2.99 / Free] when we took a close look at it in our review, we then discussed the game during episode 2 of our podcast and there has been a thread on our forums that has been constantly growing since the game released late last month.

Hook Champ is a game that takes the swinging mechanic which has been amazingly popular both in Rope 'n' Fly and its sequel as well as the recently released Rope Raider. The game has wonderful pixel art retro graphics, and feels more like an Indiana Jones game than the actual Indiana Jones NES game.

Using your trusty rope and grappling hook you swing through a series of caves trying to make it out alive with the idol you stole before the evil (and hungry) ghost that is constantly chasing you catches up and eats you. Everything in the game is upgradeable via an in-game shop where you spend the gold coins you pick up, and each level has its own online leaderboard with additional in-game perks if you rank high enough such as a crown for your guy to wear if you're #1.

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The impending update is going to have even more hats for you to buy, along with full OpenFeint support. Along with OpenFeint comes loads of achievements that range from things like beating levels to killing 40 bats in a single level. Aside from the current in-game leaderboards, there will also be a myriad of OpenFeint powered leaderboards including an overall leaderboard to see who the true king of Hook Champ is. Also, you will be able to challenge friends to compete against your performance in any level in the game.

If you felt Hook Champ did a poor job at representing female grappling hook spelunkers, you'll be happy to find out that Gunny, the girl who hauls you up at the end of each level will be a playable character in the new update. Not only that, there's an entire new level set. The rat series of levels is all about doing things at blisteringly fast speeds. There's even a new ghost that chases you that's shaped like a rat skull that moves even quicker than before.

Hook Champ was a great game, even before this update was announced. Rockcat Games' commitment to adding additional content and features for fans of the game goes even further to seal the deal. If you haven't yet played Hook Champ, I highly recommend downloading the free lite version.

App Store Link: Hook Champ, $2.99 - Hook Champ LITE, Free

  • hapz

    great game.. i bought it a while back..

    highly recommend, such fun swinging about :)

    great work devs, looking forward to the update

  • hapz

    great game.. i bought it a while back..

    highly recommend, such fun swinging about :)

    great work devs, looking forward to the update

  • Richardrent

    This was the only thing that I touched on my phone for 3 days straight. Alot of fun.

    One thing I would love to see is either a random level generator, or a never ending randomly generated level feature ;)

  • Richardrent

    This was the only thing that I touched on my phone for 3 days straight. Alot of fun.

    One thing I would love to see is either a random level generator, or a never ending randomly generated level feature ;)

  • QuébecRage

    Sorry for the fans of this game but I've tried the light version and I simply don't get why people go crazy for this game. I am an old school Intellivision, Colecovision, NES gamer but this title dosent do it for me at all. Try the light version before you buy.

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com/hook/ Kepa

      Developer note to self: Add Québécois hat to the lite version.

  • QuébecRage

    Sorry for the fans of this game but I've tried the light version and I simply don't get why people go crazy for this game. I am an old school Intellivision, Colecovision, NES gamer but this title dosent do it for me at all. Try the light version before you buy.

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com/hook/ Kepa

      Developer note to self: Add Québécois hat to the lite version.

  • http://Myspace.com/battlebornmusic BattleBorn

    Can't wait!

  • http://Myspace.com/battlebornmusic BattleBorn

    Can't wait!

  • kita

    This is one of the best indie games on the app store and i've played HUNDREDS of them

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      Personal taste.
      I could name A LOT indie titles I like way more.

      • hapz

        please do

  • kita

    This is one of the best indie games on the app store and i've played HUNDREDS of them

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      Personal taste.
      I could name A LOT indie titles I like way more.

      • hapz

        please do

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  • br1an

    Love this game.

  • br1an

    Love this game.

  • me

    I tried Hook Champ Lite and what is so good about it? It is the easiest game. I bet 5 levels in 5 mins. Where is the challenge in that. On top of that I got just about every coin. In all 5 levels. I am not purchasing the game.

    • hapz

      did you score first place in each map?

      did you purchase more maps from the shop?

      did you upload the score online and see how you rank against other people?

      have you got all the upgrades available?

    • Greg

      Oh, buddy. These levels get hard!
      Trust me, difficulty won't be a problem.

  • me

    I tried Hook Champ Lite and what is so good about it? It is the easiest game. I bet 5 levels in 5 mins. Where is the challenge in that. On top of that I got just about every coin. In all 5 levels. I am not purchasing the game.

    • hapz

      did you score first place in each map?

      did you purchase more maps from the shop?

      did you upload the score online and see how you rank against other people?

      have you got all the upgrades available?

    • Greg

      Oh, buddy. These levels get hard!
      Trust me, difficulty won't be a problem.

  • monkeys

    If you felt Hook Champ did a poor job at representing female grappling hook spelunkers

    Can't say that I did.

  • monkeys

    If you felt Hook Champ did a poor job at representing female grappling hook spelunkers

    Can't say that I did.

  • noah

    I had to reformat my iPhone the other day... so I lost my saved game. It's a shame, your "stats" aren't saved to an online cloud or something. I would hate having to start over :/

  • noah

    I had to reformat my iPhone the other day... so I lost my saved game. It's a shame, your "stats" aren't saved to an online cloud or something. I would hate having to start over :/

  • Spatzi

    The problem with this game is it's for the hardcore. I bought it, and got through a few maps, but when it gets to lava levels, you die a lot, and I just do not have the time or patience to constantly replay levels because you die all the time. This is not fun. Itouch, for me at least, is for casual games, where I don't have to swear at the game. This is not casual. And it is incredibly overrated.

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com Kepa

      Developer note: Make game easier. Or harder, according to the guy a few comments up.

      Seriously though, the next update adds an item for Jake that helps out a lot in the lava levels.

  • Spatzi

    The problem with this game is it\'s for the hardcore. I bought it, and got through a few maps, but when it gets to lava levels, you die a lot, and I just do not have the time or patience to constantly replay levels because you die all the time. This is not fun. Itouch, for me at least, is for casual games, where I don\'t have to swear at the game. This is not casual. And it is incredibly overrated.

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com Kepa

      Developer note: Make game easier. Or harder, according to the guy a few comments up.

      Seriously though, the next update adds an item for Jake that helps out a lot in the lava levels.

  • tim

    Looks like he's wearing a cheesehead? That's awesome...is it true?

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com Kepa

      Beating two rat levels gets you the cheesehead, yes. We swear that it is not a football team reference (please do not sue, Green Bay Packers)

  • tim

    Looks like he's wearing a cheesehead? That's awesome...is it true?

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com Kepa

      Beating two rat levels gets you the cheesehead, yes. We swear that it is not a football team reference (please do not sue, Green Bay Packers)

  • JesseArcadia

    Gotta speak up against the haters. This game is effin great.

  • JesseArcadia

    Gotta speak up against the haters. This game is effin great.

  • Mr Methane8

    I CANNNOT WAIT FOR UPDATE!
    I may be a boy but i think i will play the girl quite a bit. The rat looks ace. I have ideas:
    Scorpian Idol- Poisen Traps to slow you down.
    Viking Helmet!
    Squirel Idol- Giant Exploding NUts!

    Note: Help on Bronze Skull???

    • Mr Methane8

      did the bronze skull. did the gold skull. how do unlock wizard and crown hat?

      • Mr Methane8

        PENGUIN IDOL
        SNOW
        SANTA HAT
        NEW PLATINUM RANK FOR EACH IDOL!
        SUPER SCRET CHAMELEON IDOL WITH ONLY GOLD VERSION!
        PLEASE CONSIDE THESE IDEAS!

  • Mr Methane8

    I CANNNOT WAIT FOR UPDATE!
    I may be a boy but i think i will play the girl quite a bit. The rat looks ace. I have ideas:
    Scorpian Idol- Poisen Traps to slow you down.
    Viking Helmet!
    Squirel Idol- Giant Exploding NUts!

    Note: Help on Bronze Skull???

    • Mr Methane8

      did the bronze skull. did the gold skull. how do unlock wizard and crown hat?

      • Mr Methane8

        PENGUIN IDOL
        SNOW
        SANTA HAT
        NEW PLATINUM RANK FOR EACH IDOL!
        SUPER SCRET CHAMELEON IDOL WITH ONLY GOLD VERSION!
        PLEASE CONSIDE THESE IDEAS!

  • minorpane

    I usually HATE retro games, but im hooked to this one.
    Looking forward to new levels - could there be a sabre-tooth idol
    (with ice!!!)?

  • minorpane

    I usually HATE retro games, but im hooked to this one.
    Looking forward to new levels - could there be a sabre-tooth idol
    (with ice!!!)?